Using 'Will' & 'Going to' to Make Predictions
In today’s blog post we are going to take a quick look at using future tenses, in particular in what contexts we use will and what contexts we use going to. Both will and going to can be used to make predictions about the future, however there is a slight difference in when we use them.
Normally we use will to express a prediction based on personal opinion. For example:
- I think the Conservatives will win the election.
- In my opinion language will evolve in the future.
- I reckon that this will be the busiest holiday season yet.
- It is my belief that marriage will be a thing of the past in the future!
- I think that the cities will get overpopulated in the future.
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Be Going to
Normally we use be going to to make predictions based on evidence. For example:
- The conservatives are going to win the election, they already have most of the votes.
- The boat has a hole in it so it’s going to sink.
- Richard’s going to pick up his phone because it’s ringing.
- The children are really tired, I think they are going to fall asleep soon.
- The kettle has just boiled so they’re going to make a cup of tea.
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